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Appellation : Saint Оmilion grand cru class
Location : south-west of the town of Saint Emilion
Area under vine : 79 acres
Grape varieties : 60% merlot, 30% cabernet franc,10% cabernet sauvignon
Average age of the vines : 38 years
Annual production : 8300 cases
GEOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS :
32 hectares with greatly diverse terroirs:
- sandy and sandy-clay soil with ironpan at a depth of 60-80 m
- sandy-gravel soil
- sandy-clay soil
Pruned to six spurs, green harvesting, leaf thinning, picking and sorting by hand.
The old fermentation cellar was recently rebuilt and now houses temperaturecontrolled stainless steel vats. A new ageing cellar was also built.
18-24 months in new oak barrels with racking every 3 months. The final blending is done just before bottling, and the wine is neither fined nor filtered.
In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.
The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".